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    She Who is All – The Goddess and The Divine Female

    Sheela-Na-Gig   (Photo: bbc.com) Sheela-Na-Gig. Who is She? What is She? Carvings of her abound in Europe, with the bulk of them being in the British Isles, most commonly Ireland, and dating back to the 12th century. Her image, carved in stone, has a grinning face, knees bent with legs open, holding open her vagina with both hands, for all to see. Every time I see Her, I smile. Archeologists, scholars and theologians all have varying theories of Her origins. Some say She is a warning against lust, in general, and women, specifically. It is theorized that is why she is on many ancient churches, as a warning of the…

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    She Who is All – The Goddess and The Divine Female

    Tawaret/Tauret (Photo Credit: www.commons.wikimedia.org) Tawaret is the ancient Egyptian Goddess of fertility and childbirth, a protector of women and children and the Goddess of the annual Nile flooding, which brings with it, its’ fertile soil, which brings life to the Land. She is a Goddess of female sexuality. Originally seen as evil and associated with the Northern sky (Nebetakhet), which was cold, dark and dangerous, She was known as the Mistress of the Horizon. Over time, She became to be seen as nurturing and protective, with a ferocious streak when it came to protecting women and children. She is also a Mother Goddess, who was associated with Hathor, as can…

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    Book Review – Yoga for Diabetes: How to Manage Your Health with Yoga and Ayurveda by Rachel Zinman

    Book Review Yoga for Diabetes How to Manage Your Health with Yoga and Ayurveda by Rachel Zinman Monkfish Book Publishing 314 Pages   As a long time practitioner and teacher of Kundalini Yoga, I am well aware of the benefits of yoga and meditation. Like the author, I was deathly afraid of getting diabetes. My beloved grandmother, who raised me, died from complications and I have several cousins who had/have it. Of course, when I was diagnosed, I forgot all about the methods that would be most beneficial to my well-being. This book brings it back into focus for me. Ms. Zinman has gone above and beyond in describing diabetes,…

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    Book Review – Find Your Goddess: How to Manifest the Power and Wisdom of the Ancient Goddesses in Your Everyday Life by Skye Alexander

    Book Review Find Your Goddess How to Manifest the Power and Wisdom of the Ancient Goddesses in Your Everyday Life by Skye Alexander Adams Media 224 Pages   I was a bit leery to review this book. There seems to be such an overabundance of books telling women to harness the power of the Goddess, and empower yourself with the Goddess, be a warrior with the Goddess. I took a peek through Amazon using those keywords and was amazed at the proliferation of these books considering that the Goddess is not exactly main-stream for most people. What many of these books do not tell you is that the secret to…

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    She Who is All – Goddesses and The Divine Female

    Nanshe   (Photo Credit: wikipedia) Nanshe – Goddess of water, Goddess of fertility, Goddess of Prophecy, Goddess of Social Justice, Lady of the Storerooms. Nanshe was worshipped from the 3rd millennium BCE to the advent of Christianity, throughout the history of Mesopotamia. She was born to Enki, the God of wisdom, magic and water and Ninhursag, a Mother and Earth Goddess. Being most strongly associated with water, she is the Goddess of fishing. The fish is one of her symbols, as s symbol of life; her other symbol is the pelican, who sacrifices itself to feed her young. She is often depicted as a woman dancing above the water. Her…

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    She Who is All – Goddesses and the Divine Female

    CERNUNA (Image Credit – Deviant Art by Kendigo)   I had a special request to do a column on the Horned Goddess Cernuna. As it turned out, there is not much available on Her. As per usual, She seems to have been superseded by the Horned God Cernunnos, who is represented by his torque, holding a snake and surrounded by animals.     It would/could be assumed that all representations are of Cernunnos, however a small bust of a Horned Goddess was found in Kent, UK. Two others have also been found; one rests in the British Museum of London and the other at the Musee de Clermont-Ferrard in France.…

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    Book Review – The Mythic Moons of Avalon: Lunar & Herbal Wisdom from the Isle of Healing by Jhenah Telydru

    Book Review The Mythic Moons of Avalon Lunar & Herbal Wisdom from the Isle of Healing by Jhenah Telydru 408 Pages     “The Mythic Moons of Avalon” by Jhenah Telyndru is a very worthy sequel to the author’s “Avalon Within”. It’s worth noting, however, that, while you may wish to for scholastic background, you do not have to have read “Avalon Within” to full enjoy and learn from “Mythic Moons”. “Mythic Moons” is based on the Women’s Mystery Tradition that is followed within the Sisterhood of Avalon, but again, you do not have to be a member to gain full benefit from Ms. Telyndru’s wisdom and knowledge. Part One…

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    She Who is All – Goddesses & The Divine Female

    Mira Bai/MiraBai (1498-1546 CE)   (Image Credit: learnreligion.com)   Mirabai, also known as Meera, is a Bhakti poet and mystic from India. She is the central poet of the Bhakti movement, a path of spirituality that focuses on a personal love for the Divine, and that one is able to have direct access to the Divine through this intense devotion. She became a symbol of the suffering and persecution of her people, of all castes. She was born into the Rajput aristocracy. Legend has it that when she was a mere four-year old, she and her mother witnessed a wedding procession. She seriously looked at her mother and asked who…

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    Book Review – Magickal Mermaids & Water Creatures by D.J. Conway

    Book Review Magickal Mermaids & Water Creatures by D.J. Conway 192 Pages   As an author of dozens of books, D.J. Conway, who passed away in 2019, is well known to many of us who walk the Pagan path. The wisdom and knowledge in her books has guided many of us. “Magickal Mermaids & Water Creatures” is no different. Many of us are enchanted and identify with creatures of the deep, but most, especially mermaids, myself included. Ms. Conway starts with the basics: what are they and what are their secret powers – and powers they have!! The author introduces us to all manner of waterfolk, not just those that…

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    She Who is All – Goddesses and the Divine Female 2nd Edition

    Sekhmet “I am pure strength. I honor my anger by giving voice to it” (Photo and Quote from The Divine Feminine Oracle by Meggan Watterson) Sekhmet, the lion-headed Goddess of the Egyptians, harnesses the destructive powers of the sun. She is also known as “One Before Whom Evil Trembles”, “Mistress of Dread”, and “Lady of Slaughter”. She is the Goddess of the sun, war, destruction, and, oddly enough, healing. She is also a protective Goddess, as seen by the lion headdress she wears. The lion is a strong animal with protective attributes. Her solar disk shows that She is a solar deity, in Her case, one who is connected with…